December Latest in Beauty Box

Hi beauties

It’s LIB time!! Yay…!! Love taking the time to pick my choices and the anticipation of them arriving, very exciting stuff. Yes, I really ought to get out more. So this months choices are:

  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In Jingle Red Rock
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In Sleigh All Day
  • Simple Hydrating Booster
  • Bee Good Plump & Firm Moisturiser
  • Collection Speedy Blush In Pinch Me
  • Espa Overnight Hydration Therapy

Heavy on hydration this month but it can’t hurt. For the first time in my life I’m struggling with dryness which I’m finding really bad. The texture of my skin isn’t great either but I’m trying not to go mental and do too much too it.

Anyhoo, I have the 6 product box subscription that costs £15.00 per month, and I think you can easily see the value here. The list of choices on the Latest in Beauty is huge and is updated regularly so as much as I was gutted it was originally changed from You Beauty, I’m keeping this subscription, I’m really pleased with it. Go to http://www.latestinbeauty.com to find out more.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment

Hi beauties,

Today I have a product I’ve been wanting to try for a long time, Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment. I bought this as part of a Today’s Special Value from QVCUK in September and have been trying it out since then.

As I’m a huge fan of Pro Collagen Marine Cream, anything in the Pro Collagen range I’m keen to try, so I was excited to start testing this. At first I got on well with it, for the first month or so it worked well and the hydration lasted all day. It packs an immediate punch in smoothing out lines and I was impressed. However as the weather started to get colder, I found my eyes getting drier throughout the day and the effect didn’t last. When I went back to Dr Organic Organic Snail Gel Eye Serum, the moisturising effect lasted all day.

I tried this for 2 months, and while I think it’s great under makeup as it’s a fluid texture that sinks in so quickly as I say I don’t think this is as effective in the cooler months. And the packaging drove me mad! A full pump is WAY too much, and I mean you could slap it on all over your face, your have to try and pump out a tiny bit but I found this hard without wasting a stream of it. Not impressed Elemis! For £43.00 for 15ml I was really expecting something special. It’s safe to say I won’t be repurchasing!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Pure Potions Skin Salvation Intensive Facial Oil*

Hello beauties

So today It’s the turn of the Skin Salvation Intensive Facial Oil from Pure Potions. I was very lucky to have been sent this from the brand with a couple of other products and I was thrilled. I’m sure you all know of my love of facial oils so I couldn’t wait to try this!

Pure Potions is a fabulous brand, and as an eczema sufferer I know how hard it is to find products that work, but are petrolatum and mineral oil based which actually make my skin worse. They specialise in products for dry skin conditions and their body Oil is holy grail status for me.

Skin Salvation Intensive Facial Oil has some wonderful ingredients. Plant oils such as Grapeseed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calendula Flower Oil and essential oils of Chamomile, Lavender and Palmarosa. It has a beautiful texture, not too thick so it does actually sink into your skin. Intensive Facial Oil smells divine thanks to those essential oils.

It’s probably no big surprise to say that I love this Oil. I use 3-4 drops and that is ample for my face, neck and décolleté which means a 30ml bottle will last many months. It costs £22.00 which I feel is very reasonable for such a quality facial oil. I’m glad to say that even with testing for a few months I still have most of the bottle left so it will help take me through the colder months. Thank you Natalie and the team at Pure Potions for the opportunity to try this brilliant product.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*Gifted by the brand

Feather and Down Soothing Body Oil

Hi beauties,

I had a Feather and Down Haul a while ago now, and I’ve been testing the products out since. I adore the Pillow Spray from this range, and have been using that for a few months now. When I saw there were bath and body products I put an order into Boots.com.

Sweet Dreams Soothing Body Oil has the same Lavender and Chamomile fragrance as the Pillow Spray which I absolutely love. It’s a dry oil texture and very fine so sinks in so quickly without you feeling greasy. It’s in a spray form which is ok, personally I would prefer a pump bottle as it’s easier. Anyhoo, that doesn’t take away what a fabulous Oil this is.

I use this in the evening before the body butter, the process of applying is as relaxing as the fragrance so it definitely helps me wind down and get ready for bed. My skin loves it, it’s exactly as it says on the bottle Soothing for skin as well as for frazzled nerves. It’s like a hug in a bottle! The value is also amazing, 150ml for an extremely reasonable £8.00. Available from Boots in store and online. A repeat purchase for sure.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Ziaja Goat’s Milk Eye Cream

Hi beauties,

I have another eye cream today from Polish company Ziaja. I bought a few things from the brand a couple of months ago and I’ve been testing this out for a while now.

This is a very moisturising eye cream, but it isn’t greasy. It’s an anti wrinkle eye cream and I can confirm it works! My favourite eye product this year has been Dr Organic Snail Gel Eye Serum but Ziaja is a very close second. I wondered if it was because I started trying it straight after Snail Gel and my Eye area was in good nick, however it’s worked when I’ve not had much sleep and also after I have had too many glasses of wine than is sensible.

Ziaja Goat’s Milk Eye Cream has really surprised me, I find eye creams are the skincare product that disappoints the most. More often than not they don’t perform and certainly don’t improve the look of the lines. I am ashamed to say I did not expect it work and it would be resigned to the circular file by the side of my bed! Not so, it’s a wee gem. I have found that it’s been more nourishing now the colder weather has arrived.

What is the real shocker: the price. If I thought Dr Organic was good at £13.99 (and it really is!) I’m sure you will be gobsmacked to hear that I paid £2.47 for this. That’s right people, TWO of the Queen’s English pounds and 47 pence. Utterly bonkers! I bought mine through Ziaja’s eBay shop which is an official distributor in Salford, they combined postage for all items and the delivery was very quick. The service was great. I definitely want to try more from the brand.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Natural Cream Cleanser

Hi beauties

I have another Beauty Kitchen product, their Abyssinian Oil Natural Cream Cleanser to tell you about today. I’ve reviewed two other products from this range and I have fast become a fan.

Abyssinian Oil comes from the Crambe Abyssinica Plant, it is supposed to be more potent in moisturising than Argan and Jojoba Oils and mimics human sebum making it suitable for all skin types.

As the name suggests, this is a Cream texture which is my preference. I fell in love with a very famous Hot Cloth Cleanser years ago and Cream has been my favourite ever since, and while I love Cleansing Oils, I have more creams than anything else! This is a light cream texture and it’s easy to rub into your skin. The pump only dispenses a small amount, so I do ten pumps for Face and neck which sounds like a lot, you may need less. I’m known for being generous with product so see what works for you.

The cleanser can be removed in two ways, one you can simply rinse off which makes this great for a morning cleanse as well as a makeup remover. Second is using a damp cloth, it removes makeup, and all general filth from your face without stripping. It also has the signature smell for this range which is a very sexy floral. Quick note on packaging, it’s an airtight pump that pushes up from the bottom So not one bit of product is wasted. Beauty Kitchen use recycled carbon neutral packaging as per their ethos.

Natural Cream Cleanser is £12.99 from Holland and Barrett instore and online and also at the time of writing on a buy one get one half price promotion.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Incredible Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paints

Hi beauties,

I have a recent new launch today, INC.redible Cosmetics from the brains behind Nails Inc Thea Green. Thea has created another company, at the moment specialising in lip products. Lippies being my favourite makeup item, I snapped up for of their matte formulas!

So I previewed these on Instagram and it proved popular! The first two of the colours are “Matte My Day” in Fake it till I make it and I’m something else. These are traditional matte liquid lipsticks, a smooth creamy formula that is so easy to apply. The applicator is a shaped doe foot making it easy to line and colour in your lip at the same time.

The next two colours are the matte metallic shades Oh Yeah, You Did and Turn Me Up, Turn Me On. They go on just as smoothly as the matte colours but the shine is so pretty! I was a little disappointed when I first swatched them with the purple Oh Yeah, You Did. I expected more pigment and it was a bit sheer, I found I had to do two layers to get depth of colour that was decent.

The staying power of these lip colours are brilliant. It lasted through 5 hours while I was eating and drinking within that time. It was gone after my meal but I think 5 hours is a decent length of time. The colours are easy to apply and I’m pretty satisfied with the lasting power. You can find more shades as well as more lip products at http://www.nailsinc.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx